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Domestic Animals

Molly, Jarod, Amelia and the family dog on a hike
Molly, Jarod, Amelia, and the family dog on a hike

Pets

Dogs and cats must be under control and on your property at all times. Free roaming dogs are a threat to livestock and wildlife. Farmers and ranchers have the right to protect their livestock and in some cases may destroy animals that threaten their livestock. Dog owners whose dogs injure or kill livestock will be held financially responsible and such dogs may be euthanized. In Benton COunty it is the owner’s responsibility to license and vaccinate pets against rabies. Your pet should have a collar and identification tags.

Goats eat ivy 2014 OSU
Goats eat ivy 2014 OSU

Livestock

Raising animals can provide environmental benefits and economic vitality to a piece of property. Goats, for example, can assist with brush management, produce marketable milk and cheese, and provide manure that can be used as a soil amendment. Depending on the species you raise, your livestock will need different amounts of water and other elements to be healthy and keep the land healthy. 

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Teresa Matteson | January 14, 2021

RD compares his livestock operation to the pieces of a puzzle. Some pieces take a long time to fit in place, such as the six years that he has invested to develop relationships with neighbors.

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Teresa Matteson | December 11, 2020

November 18, 2020 was a mixed-up weather day. You know the kind, where cold rain chills you to the bone while soaking jean legs below raincoat. Then, suddenly the clouds drift with the wind and sunlight brightens the day. In spite of the threat of weather, we agreed to hike around the 140 acres, a

Mud and Manure
Heath Keirstead | June 11, 2020

If you have livestock, you have to manage mud and manure. Click here to watch an excellent webinar titled Managing Mud and Manure on Your Small Farm, hosted by Melissa Fery of OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program. Sacrifice Areas A practice highlighted in the webinar is the construction of a sacrifice area, a reinforced

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